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Wesley Professors Represent College at Conference

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Wesley College Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Agashi Nwogbaga, Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Derald Wentzien, and STEM Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct STEM Professor, Dr. Kevin E. Shuman, represented Wesley College at the Association of American Colleges and Universities conference (AAC&U). The conference took place at Boston Park Plaza in Boston, MA from November 3 to November 5, and focused on transforming undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education.

The conference hosted a series of workshops, which focused on the “Flipped” classroom, program and course assessment methods, and National Science Foundation (NSF) sponsored STEM programs similar to Wesley’s Cannon Scholars (NSF S-STEM) Program.

The keynote speaker during the AAC&U conference was Dr. Eric Mazur, The Balkanski Professor of Physics at Harvard University. Mazur showcased a free online-based program called Perusall (www.perusall.com), which his group developed in order to help implement the “Flipped” classroom. With Perusall, students annotate pre-class reading assignments and respond to each other’s comments. Perusall then provides the instructors with a “student confusion report” which helps guide in-class discussion and activities.

Financial support was provided by the Delaware Experimental Project to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), the National Science Foundation under grant number (IIA EPS-1301765, the Delaware IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under grant number (P20 GM103446), and the State of Delaware – Delaware Economic Development Office (DEDO) program.

Pictured from (left to right): Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Agashi Nwogbaga, STEM Postdoctoral Fellow and Adjunct STEM Professor, Dr. Kevin E. Shuman, and Professor of Mathematics, Dr. Derald Wentzien.